06/09/17 - 27/10/17


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Jaroslav Fragner Gallery and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague will present the third year of Experimental Architecture Biennial in the course of September and October. Biennial, the only platform dealing with experimental architecture in Czech Republic, will again introduce interesting personalities from the international stage. It will offer an exhibition by Zaha Hadid Architects, as well as professional schools, a site-specific pavilion, meetup of academic workplaces, workshops as well as interesting film screenings. The Biennial will culminate with an international symposium featuring, among others, Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Ben van Berkel (UNStudio) and Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au).


The first year in 2013 was devoted to academic ateliers in Vienna (dieAngewandte) and Innsbruck (Institute for Experimental Architecture), in the Czech Republic (AAAD in Prague, CTU Faculty of Architecture) and in Slovakia (Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava). The second year subtitled New Manifesto presented significant and influential architects and pedagogues of the middle generation (USA, Europe, Australia) with diverse approaches and specialisations in the field. This year will introduce both academic workplaces and unrealised projects by Zaha Hadid Architects that demonstrate the innovative research of the practice. The news of this year’s event will be the experimental site-specific pavilion for Lesser Town Square, Prague, which was designed by students under the guidance of Kristina Schinegger and Stefan Rutzinger (SOMA atelier, Vienna) at the University in Innsbruck.





6 September – 7 October 2017

The exhibition of Academic platforms of computational design (UM Gallery at the AAAD in Prague) will in the first instance serve to introduce AAAD Prague and many other prestigious foreign schools, such as CITA Copenhagen, ICD/ITKE Stuttgart, UCL Bartlett London, IAAC Barcelona, ETH Zurich, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, TU Wien and MOLAB of CTU Prague.


The development of computing technologies and the digitization of architectural tools has radically influenced architectural practice and architectural research. Computational design allows for the creation of interchangeable geometric records, cooperation with other disciplines, and a direct connection to the manufacturing process. Concentrating the process from design to implementation into a shared digital platform offers the potential for stronger feedback, more efficient collaboration and therefore a better, more innovative and creative architectural solution. Academic platforms have become a place to share necessary professional knowledge and know-how, but also a unique environment for research and innovation. New design and production technologies require more space for experimentation, development, testing and prototyping. With greater possibilities in the field of computational design, new technologies are increasingly being used in conjunction with other scientific disciplines and technological research.





6 September

The opening of the exhibition on 6 September at 18:00 will be preceded by the Meetup Prague (10:00–17:00) conference with guests from represented schools: Phil Ayres, Giulio Brugnaro, Jan Petrš, Jindřich Ráftl, Shota Tsikoliya, Imro Vaško, David Kovařík, Tomáš Tholt, Mateusz Zwierzycki, Erik Martinez, Martin Alvarez, Christopher Müller and Stefana Parascho.





8 September–27 October 2017

The Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt exhibition will open in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery on Thursday 7 September. The exhibition and its architectural concept were prepared for the Biennial directly by the studio. Presenting a series of concepts in terms of typology (towers, mega atriums, stadiums, shells, masterplans, ribbons, bubbles, etc.) which the studio develops continually. Therefore, it presents not only  designs, but also illustrates the methodology and process used by the renowned London based studio. Ambitious vision,  innovative research and advanced computational design methods account for the success of the atelier which employs more than 400 experts around the world. In addition to visualisations, visitors can also familiarise themselves with the creations of Zaha Hadid Architects in the form of models, virtual reality and film.


Separately from the main exhibition premises, the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery will also feature the project of Masaryk Station Investment, which ZHA studio designed for Prague (administrative centre with shops and residential units, including the modernisation of Masaryk railway station).





26 October 2017

The international symposium of experimental architecture is always an integral part of EAB. This year’s lecture will again include a group of leading US and European experts: the principal of Zaha Hadid Architects Patrik Schumacher, his colleagues Jakub Klaška and Shajay Bhooshan (cofounder of CODE, ZHA atelier researching computational design), Ben van Berkel (cofounder of UNStudio, NL), Filippo Gilardi (MX3D, NL), Preston Scott Cohen (Harvard University, NY, USA), David Ruy (SCI-Arc, LA, USA), Moritz Dörstelmann (ICD/ITKE Universität Stuttgart, DE), Michael Hansmeyer (DE), Wolf D. Prix (cofounder of Coop Himmelb(l)au, AT) and Kristina Schinegger (cofounder of SOMA, AT).

Tickets are available for presale online or at the ticket office of Kino Světozor.


08:00 – 08:45   Opening venue
08:45 – 09:00   Opening speech

09:00 – 10:00   Patrik Schumacher
10:00 – 10:30   Shajay Bhooshan
10:30 – 11:00   Jakub Klaška
11:00 – 12:00   Michael Hansmeyer

12:00 – 13:00   Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00   Ben van Berkel
14:00 – 15:00   David Ruy
15:00 – 16:00   Preston Scott Cohen
16:00 – 16:30   Filippo Gilardi

16:30 – 17:00   Coffee break

17:00 – 18:00   Wolf D. Prix
18:00 – 18:30   Kristina Schineger
18:30 – 19:00   Moritz Dörstelmann

19:00 – 19:30   Closing venue







18 – 30 October 2017

The pavilion, designed specifically for Lesser Town Square, will also change into a summer minicinema. The director and curator of the National Film Archive, Johana Švarcová, has prepared three screenings of student films from the FAMU Cinematography Department for the three evenings. This thematic video devoted to architecture and space composed of exercises from the first year is called Familiarisation. For several years, this exercise has given the students of the Cinematography Department the task of shooting a short video on the piazzetta of the National Theatre and visually comparing modern architecture with historical architecture in a single film.

(Dates and times of the showings:  18 October; and Tuesday, 24 October; starting at 19:00 every evening)





Following the previous edition, workshops will also take place this year: GROTTO 4.0 – Jindřich Ráftl, Jan Tůma (Studio R/FRM, 14 – 15 September), HACKING PAPER – Martin Gsandtner, Ondřej Pokoj (EAB, 6 – 8 October) and META MATTER – Jakub Klaška, Igor Pantić (ZHA, 23 – 25 October). The workshops will provide experience and familiarisation with the strategy of digital design, testing of material and verification of the research for implementation of the spatial concept. At the same time, the participants will be able to meet professionals directly and become part of EAB exhibition. The workshop is focused primarily on students of architecture, design, fashion and art, but it is also open to the wider professional public.

More information about enrolment for the workshop will be found at www.eabiennial.cz, where you will also find the contact details of the individual workshop managers.


EXPERIMENTAL ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL is the first platform in the Czech Republic mapping and introducing this architecture. It was founded by Architectura association in 2013. The Biennial mediates meetings with internationally recognised experts and ateliers. It consists of exhibitions and symposiums. EAB will again include student workshops, a new site-specific pavilion on Lesser Town Square with thematic screenings (in cooperation with NFA and FAMU) and a Czech-English publication summarising the past 3 years.

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EAB #1 symposium

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Experimental Architecture Biennial #3 is held under the auspices of the Czech Commission for UNESCO

Organiser: Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic, Prague 1 Municipal District, Czech Architecture Foundation

EAB partners: Capital City of Prague, Penta Investments, US Embassy in the Czech Republic, Austrian Cultural Forum, Baumit, Czech-German Fund for the Future, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Fedrigoni, CIIRC of CTU

In cooperation with: Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, National Film Archive, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, University of Innsbruck

Partners of Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt: Zaha Hadid Architects, Zaha Hadid Design, Samsung, HMAT.sk, 3Dwiser, VA–render.com

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery partners: HALLA, AED, Archicad, Schüco

EAB media partners: Artmap, Material Times



Press materials here.